3pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Saliba set for loan, Xhaka free to leave, Torreira could return in January

3pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Saliba set for loan, Xhaka free to leave, Torreira could return in January

December 15, 2020

ARSENAL are licking their wounds following a FOURTH-straight Premier League defeat.

And Mikel Arteta is said to be so angry with Granit Xhaka that he's willing to sell him in January.

Follow all the latest transfer gossip from North London below…

  • Jack Figg

    LIKE A BOS

    On December 15, 1995, football changed forever.

    The European Court of Justice allowed footballers within the European Union to change team when their contract expired without a transfer fee being paid.

    Jean-Marc Bosman, the man who successfully pushed for the ruling, failed to revive his career after the dispute that led to the lawsuit.

    But many others have followed his lead and pulled off amazing free transfers that launched their careers.

    From Paul Pogba to Robert Lewandowski, these Bosman transfers are a big part of any club's market dealings.

    Here, SunSport reviews a line-up of the best-ever free transfers on the ruling's anniversary.

  • Jack Figg

    EITHER AOUAR

    PSG are reportedly ready to negotiate a deal for Arsenal target Houssem Aouar in the summer.

    French media have revealed talks between Lyon and Les Parisiens in the autumn that almost led to a move for the midfielder.

    But there was neither the time nor the funds, amid the coronavirus pandemic, to thrash out a deal.

    According to RMC Sport, Lyon's price tag and a desire to send Aouar back to his old club on loan led to an amicable end to negotiations.

    And the two Ligue 1 clubs are prepared to restart talks in the coming months.

    PSG want to bolster their French contingent to meet Uefa squad quotas on homegrown players.

    Meanwhile, Lyon are aware that the 22-year-old will be out of contract in 2023, meaning his price may fall after next summer.

  • Jack Figg

    TIER-RIBLE

    Just FOUR Premier League grounds can now let in fans after London was moved into Tier 3 Covid restrictions from midnight tonight.

    The announcement by health secretary Matt Hancock forced Arsenal, Fulham and West Ham to rip up plans to host 2,000 home supporters in tomorrow’s Prem games.

    Instead, the only clubs now allowed supporters are Liverpool, Everton, Brighton and Southampton.

    Craven Cottage was bouncing despite the limited number of fans during Sunday’s draw with Liverpool.

    But instead the Thames-side ground will be silent, apart from the sound of the players on the pitch, when the Cottagers face Brighton.

    There will be fans inside Anfield for tomorrow’s top of the table clash between Liverpool and Spurs.

    That will be the only Prem ground to open the turnstiles this midweek.

    And this weekend will see supporters only at the St Mary’s and Goodison on Saturday – with Manchester City and Arsenal the respective visitors – and the Amex on Sunday, when Brighton host Sheffield United.

    Arsenal, who have hosted fans twice so far this month, were forced to confirm a 'full refund' for supporters who had been successful in the ballot for the game with Southampton.

  • Jack Figg

    PEP RALLY

    Mikel Arteta has limited options for his midfield line-up against Southampton on Wednesday.

    But Nicolas Pepe could be given an immediate recall after his three-match ban ended.

    Saints travel to an empty Emirates Stadium for the 6pm kick-off, the Gunners' first since London entered Tier 3 of coronavirus restrictions.

    Here is how we predict the Gunners will line up.

  • Jack Figg

    ON THE MOVE

    Granit Xhaka's days at Arsenal are numbered.

    The midfielder appears to have finally broken Mikel Arteta’s trust with Sunday’s red card and reports suggest he could be on his way out of the club as soon as January.

    And Paddy Power think he’s likely to head to Italy.

    Inter Milan are the 11/4 favourites for his signature while former club Borussia Monchengladbach are second favourites ahead of AC Milan and Roma.

    West Ham make up the top five options for Xhaka with David Moyes’ side impressing this season.

    Granit Xhaka next club odds (Paddy Power)

    • Inter 11/4
    • Borussia Mgladbach 8/1
    • AC Milan 10/1
    • Roma 14/1
    • West Ham 20/1

    ART ATTACK

    Mikel Arteta admits his players are not happy and the Arsenal manager is feeling the pressure with the team sliding towards the relegation zone.

    The Gunners slumped to a fourth successive home league defeat against Burnley on Sunday.

    Arsenal's dreadful form in the Premier League has seen them drop to 15th in the table and piled the pressure on the manager heading into the Southampton home game on Wednesday.

    Reports of dressing room unrest have emerged recently and the Arsenal manager admits it is impossible to keep all the squad happy.

    Arteta said: "When you have the squad we have at the moment it’s impossible to have 31 happy players in the camp.

    "I don’t know any club who has that.

    "But when you lose again these things are going to come out to try to put more pressure or be disruptive. I’m not interested in any of that."

    GUNNER BLOW

    Arsenal transfer have suffered a transfer blow after reportedly missing out on signing highly-rated midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai.

    The 20-year-old has been a major target for the Gunners but Szoboszlai has agreed to join RB Leipzig in a £18.25million deal from Salzburg, according to Kicker.

    The Hungarian talent is seen as one of the most exciting prospects in Europe.

    Szoboszlai has been a revelation for RB Salzburg with his performances attracting the interest of Arsenal.

    The Gunners were willing to pay the attacker's release clause and Mikel Arteta identified him as a key target.

    ART TO HEART

    Mikel Arteta believes he has the backing of his players – despite their miserable run.

    Edu and former boss Pep Guardiola are behind the Spaniard – and he hopes his squad are too.

    Arteta said: "My feeling is yes but this is a question for them.

    "When I see the reaction and the way they try, there is not one bit of doubt that worries me they are not trying their best. 

    Pep and Edu showing their appreciation because in good moments it’s very easy, in different moments when people who know very well what we’ve been going through give you their support it’s much appreciated."

     

     

     

     

    FEEL THE BURN

    Granit Xhaka could leave Arsenal in January if a transfer bid arrives, according to reports.

    Mikel Arteta was left fuming with the Swiss midfielder after his red card for grabbing Burnley's Ashley Westwood by the throat on Sunday.

    The dismissal left the Gunners a man light as they suffered a fourth consecutive home defeat in the league.

    And Arsenal are open to offers for Xhaka when the January transfer window opens, according to the Mail.

    The 28-year-old's time in North London appeared to be over last year when Unai Emery stripped him of the captaincy.

    A clash with fans as he was substituted against Crystal Palace in October 2019 led to a spell out of the side, until Emery was sacked.

    Arteta has happily relied upon Xhaka with a regular spot in the team since his appointment.

    But the club's descent to 15th in the table this season has come amid a serious discipline problem, which Sunday's red card embodied.

    But the club's descent to 15th in the table this season has come amid a serious discipline problem, which Sunday's red card embodied.

    • Jack Figg

      BLUE PATHWAY

      Everton are confident of fending off interest from Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Juventus and keeping hold of starlet Thierry Small.

      The 16-year-old left back has been linked with a switch away from Goodison Park over recent months after catching the eye.

      Wolfsburg, Valencia, Monaco and Benfica have also been registered with an interest.

      He was promoted to the club’s Under-23 side recently and impressed on his debut against Blackburn Rovers.

      Now U23s boss David Unsworth has told the Liverpool Echo he is confident the ace will stay – and told him there is no better place for him to develop into a first-team regular.

      He said: “The one thing that we can give Thierry is a clear pathway.

      “There's always a clear pathway at Everton for all the youngsters so he's in no better place to have a career as a Premier League footballer.”

       

    • Jack Figg

      BOUL'S GOL

      Arsenal are reportedly looking to land Stade Reims star Boulaye Dia in a bid to solve their goal crisis.

      Le10Sport claims Mikel Arteta has identified the 24-year-old striker as the man to fire Arsenal back up the table in January.

      Senegal international Dia has scored eight goals in 12 games, making him the second-highest scorer in Ligue 1 this term.

      He’s just two strikes off Kylian Mbappe and has five more than his Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar.

      And Dia could now be set to move to the Emirates to show Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang where the back of the net is.

      Gunners skipper Aubameyang has just two goals in the Premier League this term, with just one coming from open play.

      Indeed, Arsenal as a whole have managed just ten goals in 12 games, resulting in only five wins and leaving them 15th in the table.

      Dia’s Stade Reims contract runs until 2022 and it’s reckoned Arteta could get him for just £10million.

    • Jack Figg

      TOR OVER

      Lucas Torreira is reportedly heading back to Arsenal early.

      The midfielder joined Atletico Madrid in the summer on a season long loan, but has made just nine appearances.

      During that time, it is understood he has failed to impress manager Diego Simeone.

      According to Tuttomercatoweb, Torreira is set to be sent back to the Emirates early.

      But Arsenal will then be expected to find another club for the Uruguayan to see out the rest of the season with.

    • Jack Figg

      ED'S UP

      Mikel Arteta has received Arsenal’s unconditional backing despite overseeing the club’s worst start to a Premier League season.

      Edu said: “If we started to see internal problems, if the players didn’t believe any more or the staff was not good enough, I would say ‘I’m a bit worried’.

      “But I am here every day from nine to six and I can see that everything is right.

      “We knew it would not be easy when Mikel replaced Unai Emery but he is doing a great job and the way we’re going is making me believe a lot in the future.

      “It’s very strange to be saying this considering where we are right now but our results do not compare with the quality of the work and the way we’re building things on a daily basis.

      “I have started to hear rumours from outside the club that some of the players don’t believe in Mikel, that some of them have a problem and are not talking but it’s not right.

      “Nothing like that has happened and I want people to understand because everybody believes in what we are doing and all the staff are enjoying it.

      “So I am here to give you the word that everything is fine internally and though the results aren’t coming, I think we’re going to change it very soon.”

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    • Gary Stonehouse

      MORNING, GUNNERS FANS

      With Arsenal not back in action until tomorrow’s clash with Southampton, the fallout from Sunday’s miserable 1-0 defeat to Burnley at the Emirates continues to rumble on.

      Pressure has cranked up on boss Mikel Arteta, but Edu has moved to vanquish any rumours of drastic action.

      The technical director said: “Everything here is right and if you see the way we’re going, I can see a big, big, big and beautiful future.”

      And the Brazilian went on to add: “I have started to hear rumours from outside the club that some of the players don’t believe in Mikel, that some of them have a problem and are not talking but it’s not right.

      “Nothing like that has happened and I want people to understand because everybody believes in what we are doing and all the staff are enjoying it.

      “So I am here to give you the word that everything is fine internally and though the results aren’t coming, I think we’re going to change it very soon.”

      Pep Guardiola, who worked extensively with Arteta at Man City, has also come out in support of the Spaniard.

      He said: “I would say to the board at Arsenal, I do not have any doubts about his quality and capacity to put Arsenal in the place that they deserve to be.

      “Arsenal couldn’t have a better manager to lead this club in this year and the next — nobody is better than him.

      “He’s one of the best managers I’ve ever worked with and seen directly.

      “For his personality and his commitment and his love for his club — because if it were not for the love of his club he would still be here.”

      Despite their failings in the Premier League, Arsenal have managed to navigate their way comfortably into the Europa League round of 32, in which they have landed a tough draw against Benfica.

    • Etienne Fermie

      GUARD OF HONOUR

      Pep Guardiola, who worked extensively with Arteta at Man City, has come out in support of the Spaniard.

      He said: “I would say to the board at Arsenal, I do not have any doubts about his quality and capacity to put Arsenal in the place that they deserve to be.

      “Arsenal couldn’t have a better manager to lead this club in this year and the next — nobody is better than him.

      “He’s one of the best managers I’ve ever worked with and seen directly.

      “For his personality and his commitment and his love for his club — because if it were not for the love of his club he would still be here.”

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    • Etienne Fermie

      OFF HIS ED

      Arsenal technical director Edu has backed manager Mikel Arteta.

      The technical director said: “Everything here is right and if you see the way we’re going, I can see a big, big, big and beautiful future.”

      And the Brazilian went on to add: “I have started to hear rumours from outside the club that some of the players don’t believe in Mikel, that some of them have a problem and are not talking but it’s not right.

      “Nothing like that has happened and I want people to understand because everybody believes in what we are doing and all the staff are enjoying it.

      “So I am here to give you the word that everything is fine internally and though the results aren’t coming, I think we’re going to change it very soon.”

    • Etienne Fermie

      AMERICAN DREAM

      Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil is reportedly open to a switch to the MLS when his current Gunners deal runs out at the end of season.

      ESPN claim the German is open to joining a club Stateside when he is free to negotiate directly with overseas teams in January.

      The report adds that Ozil has been linked to D.C. United and LA Galaxy while David Beckham's Inter Miami are also monitoring his situation.

      SunSport previously reported that the playmaker is tempted by a move to the MLS over other offers as he could better manager his business activities.

      Ozil has not played football since March and was axed from both of Arsenal’s 25-man squads for the top flight and Europa League.

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    • Etienne Fermie

      WHAT A CHOKER

      Mikel Arteta has labelled Granit Xhaka’s red card against Burnley as “absolutely unacceptable” – and said it was “worse than Nicolas Pepe’s”.

      Asked if Xhaka’s red card was ‘unacceptable’ like Pepe’s vs Leeds earlier this month, Arteta said: “Same words.

      “In these conditions even worse. The conditions we are in, without winning football matches, you cannot do that.

      “I think it is related into how much will and energy they want to put in the games that they overstep the line.

      “It is not an excuse because I want to be brave and be there to do what we have done today again – because you just give the game to the opponent.”

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    • Etienne Fermie

      ‘I CAN’T WATCH’

      Thierry Henry could not bear seeing Granit Xhaka captain his beloved Arsenal and switched a game off, Patrice Evra has sensationally claimed.

      Speaking on Sky Sports, he said: “We’re talking about Xhaka, I will tell you a quick story.

      “Thierry Henry, one day he invited me to his house. He said ‘come Patrice, we’re going to watch the Arsenal game’.

      “He turned on the TV, the first image we saw on the screen was Xhaka leading the Arsenal team, being the captain.

      “Thierry Henry turned off the TV. I said: ‘What’s happened?’.

      “He said: ‘I can’t watch my team and Xhaka being the captain of my team’ and we didn’t watch the game, we started talking about many things and he turned off the screen.”

    • Etienne Fermie

      SEA OF RED

      Arsenal legend David Seaman has called on Gunners fans to keep backing their hideously out-of-form team.

      He tweeted: “I know all the #Gunners are feeling negative this morning, it will get better but our big players need to step up to the plate and inspire confidence!”

    • Jim Sheridan

      ARSENAL ROUND-UP

      Arsenal are back in action on Wednesday as they welcome Southampton the Emirates.

      But it's not a happy camp in North London, with Mikel Arteta's side looking to avoid a fifth-straight Premier League defeat.

      On the transfer front, the Gunners are reportedly looking to land Reims star Boulaye Dia in a bid to solve their goal crisis.

      Le10Sport claims Arteta has identified the 24-year-old striker as the man to fire Arsenal back up the table in January.

      Senegal international Dia has scored eight goals in 12 games so far this season in Ligue 1.

      On a less promising note, reports suggest Bayern Munich are in pole position to land Dayot Upamecano.

      The Athletic claim that Champions League winners Bayern are now in the driving seat over the PL duo in the hunt for the highly rated RB Leipzig centre-back.

      Upamecano, 22, has a £38million release clause in his contract that can be activated at the end of the season.

      And finally, the Mesut Ozil saga continues to rumble on.

      The German playmaker last appeared for Arsenal over nine months ago – but he is set to possibly RETURN to the team after recent results.

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